September 26, 2014
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Instructional Materials Allotment – High-enrollment Growth Application
As of March 19, 2014, districts and open-enrollment charter schools had been provided their instructional materials allotment (IMA) for the 2014 – 2015 school year. The IMA included the 50% calculated amount for the 2nd year of the biennium. The most recent PEIMS enrollment data was used to calculate the IMA for fiscal year 2015.
In accordance with the Texas Administrative Code, §66.1309, a district or open-enrollment charter school that has experienced a minimum enrollment growth of ten percent over the previous 5 year period is eligible to receive an adjustment to its IMA to accommodate high-enrollment growth. A district or open-enrollment charter school that is experiencing a student population growth that is not reflected in the state calculation may also be considered for additional IMA funding if the district or charter experienced a net increase of 3,500 students over the last five years or experienced unexpected enrollment growth due to unforeseen circumstances. Open-enrollment charter schools may also apply if their growth is a result of the recent approval of an expansion amendment by the commissioner of education.
Districts or open-enrollment charter schools that meet these criteria may submit an application to the commissioner of education to request additional IMA funding. Districts are permitted to submit only one application for each school year. The application must be submitted between September 29, 2014, and October 31, 2014. Contingent upon approval by the commissioner and funding availability, the district allotment will be increased to include students who were not included in the original calculation. The commissioner’s determination under this process is final and may not be appealed.
The district or open-enrollment charter school will be notified of its status for additional IMA funding within 15 working days after the application is received. The application must be submitted to the Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology by fax at (512) 475-3612 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Districts may access the application at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147507729.
For assistance with the high-enrollment growth application process, please contact Kelly Griffin by email at email@example.com or by phone at (512) 463-9601.
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